I wake at 5.30am and begin work on the Gil Scott heron script at 6am. It’s been a challenging documentary process beset by problems. Not Gil, he was fine throughout. But problems are there to overcome, to work through.
Through some key interventions and good team work problems get sorted. I have learned allot from making this particular documentary. It is not when things go well that your professionalism is tested but when things go wrong. At 9.30am I press send and the script whisks through cyberspace to the producer and senior producer who will now spend time editing it down for our 2pm recording meet and 3pm recording session
at Something Else Studios in East London.
I find myself with a two hour window before setting off. And I want to open it and breath in the fresh air. So I get on my bike and go to the cafe on the corner for a coffee where I see Kari. Kari is a retailer and wife of Graham, a good man. They are good people who live near by. In the cafe Kari asked for a deep black cappuccino so I reiterated the
drink list to Abdullah the Turkish cafe owner “one soya latte and a deep black
cappuccino”. A deep black cappuccino! He looked at me with playful suspicion. Deep black cappuccino? It was De-caf cappuccino!! We laugh and take our coffee into the sunshine at Clapton Pond. I cycle back home, print out the script and the directions on multimap. I slip them into my back pocket and cycle from hackney towards Old St. It is cycling weather. It’s gorgeous.
I arrive at Old Street and reach to get the script and map out of my back pocket. But it isn’t there. It it was sticking out. Ofcourse it’s gone. The entire script and the freakin
map. Inshalla: I buy a London A to Z get to something else studios and meet the producer. This studio owned and run by Sonita Alleyne alongside Jez Nelson. I knew Sonita years ago when she left Kiss FM… now she owns the biggest independent radio production company outside of BBC. Elizabeth and I are getting on with the script when Sonita arrives with a smile. It must be ten years since we met and she hasn’t changed. I rush out and give her a big hug. We chat like kids, swap details, and will resume where we left off. The documentary is recorded in the studio by 6pm and life is good.
It was some time ago that Something Else bought All About Productions who are the people I am contracted to. At 3.45pm today my new series was on Radio 4. Into The Gap. I arrive home and on the kitchen table is The Radio Times. They’ve previewed the radio series and called it “enchantingly beautiful”. I am shattered. The Gil Scott heron documentary took it all out of me. “I would fight to the death for radio four to make programmes like this” said jane Anderson in the Radio Times. I sleep like a baby should sleep.
“It’s a wrap” is the phrase often used when filming ends. But it is not applicable certainly to radio nor film. “It’s a wrap” is an acronym Wind Reel And Print.